Leading off the week was my trip to Oregon to pick up my fuselage kit. Its here but still not inventoried since I don't really have a place to store all the loose parts. The kit comes in small "packages" of parts that once unwrapped need to be stored. I have 30 days to do the inventory and I hope thats enough. After 30 days I guess its on my own dime if a part is missing.
I also started the annual inspection on the RV-9 this week. I changed out my spark plugs, did the compression tests, and pretty much finished the engine "group". I also replaced my brake pads on both wheels while I was doing the undercarriage. There was still a lot of pad left but I had ordered the parts so I figured it was a good time to do it. I also finished most of the cabin group and that included finishing the heated seat wiring as well as machining a shim that took up a little of the design slack in the aileron linkage. Overall things are looking good but I still need to finish the tunnel as well as the wings.
Finally, I sealed up the left fuel tank. The rear baffle is in and now I have to let it sit for a week or two so the Proseal can cure. Then its leak test time.
|This is the storage location for the cabin cover. It took far too much time to rig up a safe way to hoist that up and then secure it.|
|Left fuel tank with vent line installed.|
|Left fuel tank with rear baffle in place. Still no rivets but there is a cleco in every hole!|
|Same as the picture above but from a side view.|